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Hannya-ji

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  • Established: 654, Soga clan
  • Japanese: 般若寺 (Hannya-ji)

Hannya-ji is a Shingon-Ritsu Buddhist temple in Nara, famous for its stone pagoda.

The temple was established by the Soga clan in 654.

In the 13th century, the Ritsu monk Eison (1201-1290) organized the construction of a stone pagoda at the site, hiring stonemasons from Song Dynasty China and arranging for them to come to Japan to undertake this project. The pagoda is today a National Treasure.

References

  • Amino Yoshihiko, Alan Christy (trans.), Rethinking Japanese History, University of Michigan Center for Japanese Studies (2012), 166.
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